Nuclear Medicine Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Programs in nuclear medicine are offered at a variety of levels. Students can earn associate's degrees in the field or attend medical school and then focus their residency in nuclear medicine. At any level, students learn how to utilize radioactive materials to diagnose and treat medical problems. Nuclear medicine is often practiced in the radiology departments of hospitals.

There are several types of nuclear medicine schools and colleges. Graduates with an associate's degree or certificate can work as a nuclear medicine technologist, while those who are already licensed as physicians can work towards a graduate degree or certificate in the field.

Top Schools with Nuclear Medicine Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Associate's $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate $11,000 in-state, $26,334 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Postgraduate Certificate $8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,943 in-state, $20,853 out-of-state
University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,381 in-state, $24,461 out-of-state
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate $7,071 in-state, $21,302 out-of-state
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,480 in-state, $26,220 out-of-state
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,814 in-state, $15,732 out-of-state
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,766 in-state, $17,654 out-of-state

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for a nuclear medicine program:

  • Students should consider the benefits of attending a community college versus an allied health professional school.
  • Because nuclear medicine is a form of diagnostic radiology, it uses complex medical equipment. Therefore, it may be wise to choose a nuclear medicine school with an on-site or nearby nuclear medicine or radiological sciences clinic that allows students to get practical, clinical experience during their training.
  • Students may also want to look for colleges that are recognized by professional organizations, such as the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM), which is the primary certifying organization for nuclear medicine physicians in the U.S.
  • Look for a school that actively engages in research and has opportunities for students to participate. During their residency or fellowship, students can contribute to research projects and work with a faculty advisor.

Schools across the country offer certificates and degrees in nuclear medicine. Prospective technologists, doctors, and other medical health professionals should consider nuclear medical programs.

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